NDHSAA board approves several changes

The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved several changes to prep athletics during the organization’s meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Valley City. Here are the highlights:

– The Class B basketball seasons are switching again. After three years of the boys starting first, the board members approved moving the girls season ahead of the boys season by an 8-1 vote.

The change will take effect in the 2014-15 season, making Class B boys basketball the final winter-sport state tournament.

– Beginning in 2013-14, the Class B volleyball, basketball and baseball tournaments will be seeded.

Head coaches of each state-qualifying team will rate the rest of the field via electronic vote. The highest and lowest rank for each team will be discarded, leaving five ranks for each team.

The top four seeds will be determined using this process, and the other four teams will be randomly drawn to match up with the seeded opponents.

– The board voted 8-1 to approve the adoption of video replay during state hockey tournaments starting in 2014.

If there is a dispute on whether a goal is scored, officials will view footage taken from an overhead camera to make a call.

Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks and Scheels Arena in Fargo have overhead goal cameras. Replay won’t be available at other sites.

– The West Region boys hockey tournament for the 2013-14 season is moving from Bismarck to Minot. West Region athletic directors issued the recommendation as a result of the state wrestling tournament being held in Bismarck the same weekend.

– In Class A basketball, the maximum number of games in a regular season is being increased from 19 to 21 starting with the 2014-15 season.

– Daily News Staff